The 'making a difference' breakfast
How do you choose your career? Some people follow in their family footsteps, while others “fall into” their jobs almost by accident. For some there is a defining moment that makes them realise what they can do.
Fiona Martin arrived at Sussex University in 1985, a 22-year-old single parent with two pre-school children. It was a time of change and unrest. She had already been involved in the miners’ strike and Greenham Common and Wapping and the Poll Tax riots were just around the corner.
History student Fiona campaigned as a member of the revolutionary left and was elected as union officer. She and her fellow sabbaticals led the student occupation of Sussex House in protest against cuts in education.
Three weeks later Fiona and 45 other students faced disciplinary action - and she needed to find legal representation. Peter Polizzi, a solicitor at Brighton Law Centre, represented everyone for free and managed to prevent any expulsions.
Fiona decided that legal knowledge expertise could come in handy in fighting social injustice and went on to train as a solicitor. In 2004,Cate Searle and Fiona set up Martin Searle Solicitors.
At our November breakfast, Fiona will talk about her inspiration and values – and why she believes it is important to get out there to “ make a difference.”
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